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Jul
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johndarnielle:

rambleready:

bystreetlight:

lickystickypickyshe:

Avocados are toxic to almost all animals (including cats and dogs). Humans are a rare exception. It is the only fruit to contain persin, a fatty acid, which, when eaten by animals causes vomiting, diarrhea, and other nasty symptoms. Consumption of large quantities can cause death within twelve hours.
Avocados are berries (fleshy fruits coming from a single ovary). Interestingly, this broad definition of a berry means that bananas, pumpkin, tomatoes, watermelon, and coffee are also berries (you can tell that to the next person who tries to argue that tomatoes are vegetables). Curiously this also excludes strawberries as berries.
Eighty percent of modern avocados originate from one “mother” tree which was patented by mailman Rudolph Hass from California in 1935. The tree survived until 2002 when it died of root rot. Unfortunately Hass only made $5,000 in his lifetime from his patent on the tree because his partner sold cultivars to anyone who wanted to buy them. Subsequently Hass spent the remainder of his life working for the California Mail Service.
Avocado also has an interesting characteristic: it is the only berry with no living animal large enough to spread it through consumption and release as dung. This has led scientists to believe that it co-evolved with prehistoric megafauna that were large enough to eat the fruit whole. The megafauna went extinct but the avocado remained as an unusual monument to an unknown dinosaur.

AVOCADOS ARE SO COOL!!

Wow I met a cat in Copenhagen who loved avocados, he seemed to do alright but this is good to know.

AN UNUSUAL MONUMENT TO AN UNKNOWN DINOSAUR

johndarnielle:

rambleready:

bystreetlight:

lickystickypickyshe:

Avocados are toxic to almost all animals (including cats and dogs). Humans are a rare exception. It is the only fruit to contain persin, a fatty acid, which, when eaten by animals causes vomiting, diarrhea, and other nasty symptoms. Consumption of large quantities can cause death within twelve hours.

Avocados are berries (fleshy fruits coming from a single ovary). Interestingly, this broad definition of a berry means that bananas, pumpkin, tomatoes, watermelon, and coffee are also berries (you can tell that to the next person who tries to argue that tomatoes are vegetables). Curiously this also excludes strawberries as berries.

Eighty percent of modern avocados originate from one “mother” tree which was patented by mailman Rudolph Hass from California in 1935. The tree survived until 2002 when it died of root rot. Unfortunately Hass only made $5,000 in his lifetime from his patent on the tree because his partner sold cultivars to anyone who wanted to buy them. Subsequently Hass spent the remainder of his life working for the California Mail Service.

Avocado also has an interesting characteristic: it is the only berry with no living animal large enough to spread it through consumption and release as dung. This has led scientists to believe that it co-evolved with prehistoric megafauna that were large enough to eat the fruit whole. The megafauna went extinct but the avocado remained as an unusual monument to an unknown dinosaur.

AVOCADOS ARE SO COOL!!

Wow I met a cat in Copenhagen who loved avocados, he seemed to do alright but this is good to know.

AN UNUSUAL MONUMENT TO AN UNKNOWN DINOSAUR

Jul
18th
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johndarnielle:

OK so earlier on Twitter I mentioned that I ran across a CD marked “New ‘02” while “cleaning the office.”* It consists, on auditing, of a bunch of songs that were new in 2002. Plenty of them got recorded at Bear Creek for We Shall All Be Healed; some didn’t. This one seemed worth letting out of its lonely cage. It audibly doesn’t really belong with the songs from We Shall All Be Healed: it shares some themes (meth, tawdry motels) but is formally in a pretty different ballpark and it’s also not very personal, whereas the songs that did end up making We Shall All Be Healed marked my first steps toward writing from direct experience. 

There’s no tip jar but I have linked to the preorder of All Hail West Texas from the “buy” link - this song isn’t on All Hail West Texas, obviously. If you were thinking about buying All Hail and me cleaning out a drawer in my office and finding an old song and giving it away inspires you, please go preorder a copy. Or a whole bunch of copies. My dream of an all-boombox album of Mountain Goats songs entering the charts at number one has never been nearer. #2, Jay-Z, Magna Carta…Holy Grail. #1, the Mountain Goats, All Hail West Texas. Visualize it with me. This would also mark the first time a singer-songwriter album urging the listener to hail Satan has entered the charts at the top, so you know, bonus. 

Enjoy! 

*”cleaning the office” requires scarequotes because few if any people familiar with the concepts of “clean” and “unclean” would distinguish between the pre- and post- states in my office

Jun
22nd
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Shut up Will Wiesenfeld, you are too talented.

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photojojo:

What’s better than light painting dinosaurs? So obviously we’re a little biased, but we can’t get enough of Darren Pearson’s Light Fossils set on Flickr.

Extinct Animals Brought Back in Light Painting

via Colossal

May
25th
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oh my god

May
23rd
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A++, Lonely Island.

May
2nd
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hiptoyourjive:

accept free drinks to financially cripple the patriarchy

(via birdcage)

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god janelle monae is the best.

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mrgolightly:

600-widows: regardingjosh:

Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Crazy In Love

*faints*

COOL

(via okayjokesover)

Apr
23rd
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WRITER PROBLEMS

sabyythe:

Don’t you hate it when you’re just writing along and then you think wait would that even is that possible how does this work oh shit RESEARCH

And the next thing you know you have twenty million tabs open about everything from hydrogen engines to the psychology of serial killers to the evolution of the pronghorn

(Source: galaxylaughing, via birdcage)